University of Maryland Extension


The saying "busy as a bee" comes from the hard working honey bee that serves so many important roles: pollinator, defender of the hive, and who can forget being a producer of that sweet honey!

Bee colonies serve two general purposes:

1. Pollinating Crops

2. Producing Honey 

Once you have an established bee colony, You have to actively manage the hive throughout the seasons to keep the hive healthy.  To ensure bee colonies remain healthy, you have to know what hive acitivities to focus on each season to ensure the hives remain productive.  Early spring management is primarily concerned with sufficient food stores and secondly with disease and mite control whereas fall management is primarily concerned with preparing honey bee colonies for winter.  Once the hives come out of winter, it may worthwhile for a beekeeper to divide colonies to increase numbers or to make up for winter losses.

Colony Collapse Disorder has brought an intensive focus across the nation in protecting pollenators.  Due strongly to this focused effort, homeowners have gained intrest in how they can assist in managing hives.  Hives do not take a large amount of space to manage.  If done correctly, some people can even make produce an income by renting bee hives to farmers!  




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